The new 16-35mm F2.8 GM joins the G Master range, while the 12-24mm F4 G covers the widest angle among E-mount full frame
The new Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM Wide-Angle Zoom Lens
Landscape shooters rejoice! Sony has announced two new wide-angle lenses for its full-frame E-mount devices. Firstly joining the 24-70mm and 70-200mm zooms to complete a holy trinity of f/2.8 G Master goodness is the 16-35mm F2.8 GM.
Effectively completing a G Master “trio”, the FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM is the third wide aperture zoom in the range, joining the FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM and FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM.
The G Master trio, including the new FE 16-35mm
It’s the first wide-angle G Master – built for landscapes, architecture and similar functions – and Sony says it is exceptionally lightweight and compact, making it a portable option for on-the-go shooting. It’s also resistant to dust and moisture, and has a fluorine coating on its front element to resist dust and grease.
As is customary in the G Master range, its corner-to-corner sharpness is exceptional, and it carries an optical design that includes five aspherical elements, two of which are Sony’s XA (extreme aspherical) elements which combine with two extra-low dispersion (ED) reduce aberration to deliver superb resolution throughout the range. The front XA element is Sony’s largest ever produced, and the lens also carries Nano AR coating, and a near-circular aperture for smooth bokeh.
In terms of autofocus, two DDSSMs (Direct Drive Super Sonic Wave Motors) form a floating focusing system which ensures speedy, quiet autofocus.
The new FE 12-24mm F4 G Ultra-Wide-Angle Zoom Lens
For those looking for something even wider than a 16-35, then the 12-24mm F/4 G ultra-wide zoom should prove the optic of choice. Promising outstanding image quality, it’s also pleasingly compact and weighs in at just 566g, ideal for hulking up the side of a mountain on your next landscape shoot.
This lens’s construction incorporates four aspherical elements for great corner to corner sharpness, three ED elements, and one Super ED element to minimise the presence of chromatic aberration in images. Also fitted with a DDSSM, its autofocus should be quick, quiet and accurate.